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Hermann Minkowski

Hermann Minkowski
1864 - 1909




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Louis Vervoort

    "Science is disbelief in what the experts say" (Richard Feynman)

Research interests within the Minkowski Institute:

Foundations of physics, philosophy of science, interdisciplinary creativity and innovation (theory and practice)

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Selected articles in philosophy of science, of mind and foundations of physics

Selected articles in physics:

  • L. Vervoort, R. Ferreira, and P. Voisin, "Spin-splitting of the subbands of InGaAs-InP and other 'no common atom. quantum wells", Semiconductor Science & Technology 14 (1999) p. 227

  • Vinh Le Thanh, V. Yam, P. Boucaud, F. Fortuna, C. Ulysse, D. Bouchier, L. Vervoort and J.-M. Lourtioz, "Vertically self-organized Ge/Si(001) quantum dots in multilayer structures", Physical Review B 60 (1999) p. 5851

  • T. Guettler, A. Triques, L. Vervoort, R. Ferreira, Ph. Roussignol, P. Voisin, D. Rondi, and J. C. Harmand, "Optical polarization relaxation in InxGa1-xAs-based quantum wells: Evidence of the interface symmetry-reduction effect", Phys. Rev. B 58 (1998) p. 10180 (Rapid Communications) :

  • L. Vervoort, R. Ferreira, and P. Voisin, "Effects of interface asymmetry on hole subband degeneracies and spin-relaxation rates in quantum wells", Phys. Rev. B. 56 (1997) p. 12744 (Rapid Communications):

  • A. Filonov, A. Kholod, V. Novikov, V. Borisenko, L. Vervoort et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 70 (1997) p. 744:

  • F. Bassani, L.Vervoort et al., Thin Solid Films 279 (1997) p. 179

  • L. Vervoort, A. Saul, F. Bassani, F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, "The electronic energy levels of Si-based nanocrystalline materials: theory compared with experiment", Thin Solid Films 279 (1997) p. 163:

  • F. Bassani, L. Vervoort, I. Mihalcescu, J. C. Vial, and F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, "Fabrication and Optical Properties of Si/CaF2(111) Multi-Quantum Wells", J. Appl. Phys. 79 (1996) p. 4066

  • S. Ossicini, A. Fasolino, F. Bernardini, F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, L. Vervoort et al, in Advanced Nonlinear Materials for Optics and Opto-electronics, ed. V. I. Pustovoy, SPIEE 2777 (1996) pp. 27-37

  • L. Vervoort et al., J. It. Vac. Soc. 14 (1996) p. 7

  • L. Vervoort, F. Bassani, I. Mihalcescu, J. C. Vial, F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, "Efficient Visible-Light Emission from Si/CaF2(111) Heterostructures Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy",
    Phys. Stat. Sol. (b) 190 (1995) p. 123

  • F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, L. Vervoort, F. Bassani, S. Ossicini, A. Fasolino and F. Bernardini, "Light Emission at Room Temperature from Si/CaF2 Multilayers", Europhys. Lett. 31 (1995) p. 25

  • F. Bassani, L. Vervoort et al. in Semiconductor Heteroepitaxy, ed. B. Gil and R.-L. Aulombard (World Scientific, Singapore, 1995) pp. 286-293

  • F. Arnaud d'Avitaya, F. Bassani, L. Vervoort et al. in Physics, Chemistry and Applications of Nanostructures, ed. V. E. Borisenko, A. B. Filonov (Belorussian Academic Press, Minsk, 1995) pp. 1-17.

  • I. Nikitin, M. Mengel, L. Vervoort, "Inkjet Printing of Metals and Polymers", Internal Report Infineon, Munich, Germany (2008)

  • L. Vervoort, "Calculation of UV Laser Light Scattering from Particles in Micron Range", Internal Report Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen, Germany (2003)


  • 5 in total: list on request. (Some can be found by google patent: US Patent US Patent US7982309, US20090194882, US Patent US20110003440, US Patent US 2009/0032871A1)